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RALEIGH, N.C. — The Carolina Hurricanes changed starting goalies on Tuesday, going with Curtis McElhinney over Petr Mrazek, but it wasn’t enough to avoid falling into an 0-3 series deficit to the Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference finals.

McElhinney made 29 saves in the 2-1 Game 3 loss, as Carolina was dealt its first loss at home this postseason.

Boston will go for the sweep on Thursday night.

Only four teams in NHL history have ever rallied to win a series they trailed 3-0, and none since Los Angeles in 2014 — though Carolina captain Justin Williams was on that Kings team that rallied to beat San Jose in the first round.

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This one got away from them in the first 7½ minutes of the second, when the Bruins claimed control with their fourth line turning a turnover by Carolina’s Brock McGinn into a 1-0 lead at 1:21.

Sean Kuraly collected the puck and passed low to Joakim Nordstrom, with the former Hurricane then finding Wagner alone in front for a tap-in.

With 19 seconds left on a high-sticking minor on Nino Niederreiter, Brad Marchand put Boston up 2-0 when his shot from between the circles trickled past McElhinney.

Boston scored 10 goals on Petr Mrazek while winning the first two games. Mrazek started the first nine postseason games for Carolina but left Game 2 of the second-round series against the New York Islanders with a lower-body injury.

The 35-year-old McElhinney closed out that victory and started the final two games of the Hurricanes’ sweep of the Islanders.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.